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Taking his place among the 'stars'

Though he's practicing, practicing, practicing for his moment in the spotlight again, Wein said the honor comes with mixed feelings.

"I'm very humble about it but at the same time I honestly feel like I deserve it," said Wein. "It's humility mixed with respect for your own career. Sometimes you don't realize what you've done and when other people acknowledge it, it gives it a different feeling."

Wein made history throughout his career, but he said when he was doing it, that's not how it seemed.

"In the years we were pioneering, I never thought we were making history because we were just so busy being alive with business and keep going," said Wein. "Now it's a warm feeling."

If he didn't consider himself a prominent part of Saratoga before, once Wein's star is unveiled on the Walk of Fame, his role in the local music scene will be undeniable.

"I have such a respect for what happens up at Saratoga. To be enshrined there on a permanent basis is really a great honor, it really moves me," said Wein. "It has a significance, even this late in my life, and I'm very proud of it."

The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. A full line-up of performers is available online at www.spac.org/jazzfest.

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